Realistic self-perception

By Richard Naylor

Tags: self-perception knowledge

An enrich study exploring the tendency to overrate our own performance

Here you can find a brief pdf write up of a small experiment we conducted. Based on original research published in Harvard Business Review, we look at how people tend to overrate their own contribution to a group's output.

To a certain extent it is natural to overrate oneself. After all, you are always there when you make a contribution, but will often not witness first hand, all the work that others in the team contribute. However the original research also showed that teams whose members overrated themselves most were also less likely to want to work together in the future.

By taking time to reflect on the value of others' contributions to the team we can become more realistic about our own.

We continue to run variations on this experiment with different groups and are gathering a more comprehensive overview of the results.